Question to our German forumers: How is it that the ugly Plattenbauten could be demolished but the Modern Pellerhouse in Nurnburg apparently must stay because it is listed?
Hi Robert, though I'm not German but Belgian but having lived in Germany for approx. 10 years I can tell you the main reasons in my opinion are:
1) Pellerhaus is a listed monument and as such, protected in its current appearance.
2) Many (influential) contemporary architects are opposing reconstructions in general, as they see it as "backwards-driven" and reactive.
3) The topic of reconstructing buildings lost in the war is getting more and more politicized, especially after the opening of the old town in Frankfurt.
But for Pellerhaus, the outcome is still unclear luckily, as much citizens are also in favor of reconstructing this architectural gem in its original beauty.
Let's see how the campaing from the Altstadtfreunde in Nuremberg with the big poster will turn out (provided they will be allowed to hang the poster in front of the current façade of course).
Edit: Just now another article came out in a German newspaper underlining my point nr. 2: an amalgam of architects (amongst which the union of German architects - Bund deutscher Architekten - have actually started a new initiative (end of February) named "Pro Pellerhaus".
They advocate the preservation of the 1950s façade and are - as they claim - not against the Altstadtfreunde as such but rather want more appreciation for post-war modernist architecture.
Hello friends of reconstructions!
In Germany the story around the full reconstruction of the so-called Pellerhaus in the city of Nuremberg goes on.
The "friends of the old town" now even proposed to pay for the costs related to the reconstruction of the house on their own - even including rebuilding the adjacent plot of land!
For those who haven't followed this project earlier (inside courtyard has already been partially reconstructed in the past years): this is the building that's being discussed:
After WW2 (1950):
More pictures and info in the link below.
Source (in German):
There is an update on the Pellerhaus reconstruction topic.
The city council will soon be discussing the Pellerhaus' future: renovating the current "monument" (from the 1950s) or reconstructing the original Renaissance façade towards the Egidius-square.
Julia Lehner (CSU) gives her opinion in the below article (German only, sorry), she is member of the regional council for protection of monuments and is unfortunately in favor of keeping the 1950s façade.
But as the Nuremberg's cultural envoi, Julia Lehner (CSU) is "owner" of the Pellerhaus (owned by the city) and also the antagonist of Enderle, who heads the citizen society "Altstadtfreunde".
The Altstadtfreunde, who are pushing for a reconstruction of the Pellerhaus to complete the reconstruction of the building's façade after the already successfully completed reconstruction of the inner yard (see above), stick by their plan to hang a huge poster with the image of the original Pellerhaus in front of the façade. They are certain that this will add spark to the debate and they want to include the voices of Nuremberg's citizens on the decision (renovate 1950s Pellerhaus façade or reconstruct original Pellerhaus façade).
They hope this will become a topic at the local elections this summer.
Interesting! Let's cross fingers.
Nowadays (side of building):
That nails it. I'd be fine if they agree to see the roofline and its antennae-like extension as somewhat special and transfer that to the middle of the neighbouring building as a reminiscence, which would make the neighbour more interesting and likewise make way for the Pellerhaus renaissance facade.he curved treatment at the top above the window vertical lines may be a divergence from the starkness of most 50s structures, but the entire "facade" on this building is as bland and generic as its neighbor next door.